For the first time in many years, we held a black tie event to celebrate Burns Night. Located in the Sports Hall, which was fully lined by our incredible Facilities team and dressed beautifully by Lucinda Watts & Hannah Gee. Around 130 parents and staff had a laughter filled, entertaining evening with fine food and wine, a live ceidlih band, DJ and Mr Carnochan addressing the haggis!
The Christmas Fair
The Christmas Fair is a massive undertaking with a small army of volunteers helping to set up the cafe, cake stall, raffle baskets, a plethora of games and activities for the children, plus sourcing and organising the 50 or so stallholders. The children loved visiting Santa’s Grotto and the Secrets Room, newly located in the Theatre, with the Huskies and craft table, Holding On Letting Go and drinks/snacks just outside. Parents from across the school donated incredible items for the Raffle Baskets, the Secrets Room and the popular Bag Bonanza tombola. Thanks to the Class Reps for their engagement and organization of the various elements of the Fair. And a very special thanks to Saskia Patterson for managing the external stallholders, Lorna Wright for the cake stall and Julia Wheeler for the Secrets Room.
Our annual Fireworks Night is a well-loved and very well attended event. The whole area lights up with laser flashes as the children run around the South Lawns with light up swords from our stall! Last year the smell of pulled pork buns and mulled wine was enticing and the incredible fireworks display from Pyrovision, was loved by adults and children alike. A big thanks to all the volunteers on the night and to the Upper School Council who spent an enjoyable hour preparing bags for the sweets stall!
Family Fun Day 2019
At the end of June, the Friends” held the Family Fun Festival on the South Lawn. Grandparents, parents, staff and children turned the corner of the mansion house to be greeted by Mega Blaster World’s biggest and best arena, chicken sumo suits, surfboard riding, gladiator jousting, assault courses and bouncy castles galore. The adults had a comfortable viewing area, in the shade of the trees, sipping Pimms and enjoying wood-fired pizza, home made salads and burgers, rounded off with ice cream, candy floss and sweets galore. Many thanks to the swing band who entertained us brilliantly and for the enthusiasm of the gymnasts in the hot weather. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, particularly from the children. A special thank you to all the parents who volunteered on the day, without whom it would not be possible to host this event.
John Preston is our beekeeper and gives the children (Year 4 upwards) an opportunity to spend time at the Apiary and learn about beekeeping. Mr Preston took his bees to Reception, as part of their minibeasts topic, where the children were able to examine the beehive, listen to the noise the bees make and smell the honey. His bees are very productive – Holmewood House Honey and candles were incredibly popular at the school Christmas Fair!